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OHS track teams participate at Tiger Invitational in Morris The Ortonville boys and girls track teams traveled to Morris for the Tiger Invitational on Tuesday, April 19. This was their only meet of the week. Morris Area was the winner in the boys team division with 166 points. They were followed by LQPV/Daw- son-Boyd (90), West Central Area (83), Pelican Rapids (63), Clinton- Graceville-Beardsley (68), Ortonville (47), Wheaton/Herman-Norcross (23) and Hancock (7). Ortonville Men's Results: 4 x 800 Relay-Nick Athey, Caleb Tollakson, Jake Henrichs and Tom Rausch-4th (9:58.26). 4 x 200 Relay-Tate Messmer, Jonah Thune, David Lee and Tom Rausch- 3rd (1:47.37). 4 x 100 Relay-Noah Kottke, Eli Block, Brandon Carlson and Jacob Meyer-4th (52.27). Discus-Tate Messmer-3rd (119'4") Pole Vault-Tom Rausch-1st (9'6"), Noah Kottke-5th (7') and Jacob Hen- rich-6th (6'). High Jump-Jacob Meyer-5th (5'6"). 3200 Meter Run-Caleb Tollakson- 6th (11:52.25). 100 Meter Dash-Riley Thompson- 6th (12.12). 200 Meter Dash-Riley Thompson- 4th (24.90). For the girls, LQPV/Dawson-Boyd finished first with 154 points. They were followed by Pelican Rapids (110), Morris Area (96), Clinton-Graceville- Beardsley (65), West Central Area (58), Ortonville (32), Wheaton/Her- man-Norcross (28) and Hancock (13). Ortonville Girls Results: 4 x 200 Relay-Kendra Fyer, Hannah Mathes, Stephanie Arndt and Jenny Delage-6th (2:17.54). 4 x 100 Relay-Mallory Adelman, Morgan Messmer, Hannah Mathes and Kara Helgeson-5th (I :00:86.). 4 x 200 Relay-Jamie Gulley, Heidi Sparby, Mackenzie Streich and Brenna Giese-5th (2:17.54). The girls 4 x 800 Relay Team placed fifth in a time of 12:50.75. The runners names were unavailable. Shot Put-'Kara Helgeson-3rd (32' y'). Discus-Morgan Messmer-3rd (86'3"). 100 Meter Dash-Mallory Adelman- 4th (13.77). 200 Meter Dash-Mallory Adelman- 5th (29.13) and Brenna Giese-6th (29.60). 400 Meter Dash-Brenna Giese-4th (1:10.10). 1600 Meter Run-Annie Haukos-4th (6:27.45). The next meet for the Trojan track teams will be Friday, April 29 at Lac qui Parle Valley beginning at 4:30 p.m. MDH urges immunizations Community health worker Mo- hamed Duale will long remember the day a desperate mother called him at home to say her child was suffering from a fever and red rash all over her body. "l can't forget the mother's voice, desperate for her child, pleading with me to help. I suspected immediately it was measles. She begged me to give the child the vaccine then, but of course it was too late. All we could do was treat the child's symptoms." The child was hospitalized for sev- eral days with multiple severe compli- cations from the measles, but is recovering. The case is among 20 re- ported to date since March, the largest number of cases in the state since 1991. The incident illustrates what can happen when too many children in a community are left unvaccinated against a common childhood disease that can easily be prevented through vaccination. Disease, especially one as oppor- tunistic as measles, easily gains a foothold and finds those most vulnera- ble. During National Infant Immuniza- tion Week (NIIW) April 23-30, the Minnesota Department of Health will join other local, state and national pub- lic health and health care partners in calling attention to the importance of immunizations in protecting infants and their communities. "The occurrence of this year's ongo- ing measles outbreak at the same time as NIIW really raises the question, 'How did we get to the point where so many children are vulnerable?'" said Kristen Ehresmann, director of infec- tious diseases for MDH. "We got here in large part because of the persistence of a number of myths and misconcep- tions about vaccines that cause parents to be hesitant to vaccinate." To dispel some of those ideas and encourage increased vaccination, MDH and its partners will use a vari- ety of means to inform people that: Something else is causing autism - it is not vaccines. Vaccines are safe and effective. Getting more than one recom- mended shot at a check-up does not "overload" a child's immune system. Because of the success of vaccines, we don't often see vaccine preventable diseases in Minnesota or the U.S., but they are still out there. We all need to remain vigilant. Cost should never be a barrier to getting vaccine-help is available for low income Minnesotans and those without health insurance through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) program. "Clearly, we have an effective and safe way to protect our community and our children," Ehresmann said. "We don't need to see them in the hospital. NIIW is a time to rally parents, public health and health care professionals to- gether to make sure another outbreak like this doesn't happen again." For NIIW in Minnesota, MDH and its immunization partners will take extra steps to provide information to health care providers and parents to help them discuss vaccines. For exam- ple, a special edition of an immuniza- tion clinic newsletter and a special NIIW page on the MDH website will offer helpful checklists and lists of re- sources for providers and parents. An NIIW message will run on the Min- nesota Twins scoreboard at home games between April 11 and 30. Spe- cial Twitter and Facebook messages will be sent. For more information about NIIW and immunizations, visit the MDH website at http:// munize/niiw.html. ii J i ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STORE EMPLOYEES work every morning during break at 9:05 selling snacks to the students. Pictured above from left to right are Amber Kargas, Shelby Wempner, Josh Hasslen, Craig Emde, Julia Brown and Zachary Dittel. LqP Soil and Water Conservation Dist. encourages comm. stewardship As a part of Lac qui Parle County for 61 years, the Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District wants to remind you that each of us has a re- sponsibility to be a good steward of natural resources during the annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 56th year of Stewardship week during April 24-May 1,2011. The 2011 Stew- ardship Week is themed "Forests for People-More Than You Can Imagine." Trees provide us with shade, wood products, fuel, as well as help clean the air we breathe. The Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District was formed to assist people in Lac qui Parle County with the mission to take available tech- nical, financial and educational re- sources, whatever their source and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land users to help them protect Lac qui Parle's natural resources. Although forests are sparse in Lac qui Parle County, the LqP SWCD promotes trees and the services they provide, in a variety of ways, in- cluding: Tree Plantings for windbreaks and shelterbelts; living snow fences; trees for kindergarten students and upper elementary students; and trees for community events and organiza- tions. As one Chinese proverb states, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." "Understanding the importance of forests in our daily lives is the key con- nection of the 2011 NACD Steward- ship theme," says NACD President Gene Schmidt. "Forests play a critical role in providing clean water, healthy wildlife habitat, as well as jobs for our citizens and products that we use every day." Lac qui Parle SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conser- vation Districts ( which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD repre- sents the nation's 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to en- courage resource conservation across the country. For information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the Lac qui Parle SWCD, where Terry Wit- tnebel acts as the Education Coordina- tor. The number is: 320-598-7321 x3 or visit our website at http://lacquipar- Additional information about forestry education is available on the NACD website at http://www.nacd- The National Association of Con- servation Districts is the non-profit or- ganization that represents the nation's 3,(300 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For almost 70 years, local con- servation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. NACD's website is at Griffith member of Northern 0rt0nville Police State auditions at NATS ....... The third annual National Associa- tion of Teachers of Singing (NATS) au- ditions were held on March 26, at Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish. Oyer 100 students from NortheriV'"giate University (NSU), South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, BHSU and the S.D School of Mines partici- pated. Twenty-four students from the studios of NSU's Michael Skyles and Darci Bultema auditioned in this year's competition. Ashli Griffith of Ortonville was one of the 24 students from Northern State Univeristy that competed in the audi- tions. "The auditions require each student to compete in categories based on their age, gender and length of study. Most of the students are at the collegiate level, but there are categories for the high school male and female, adult pri- vate student, graduate level students, as well as divisions in musical theater," shared Bultema. "Each collegiate level student performs three selections in contrasting languages, style and time period for a panel of three judges. The students receive written comments from adjudicators, as well as a numer- ical score." The adjudicators for the auditions are NATS members and professors from the South Dakota institutions, with two guest adjudicators from Mur- ray State University and a retired BHSU choral professor. Students scor- ing in the top 30% advanced to a final round, with all voice professors/NATS members adjudicating the finals. Awards are given for the first, second and third place, with an occasional honorable mention for fourth place. NSU students who placed in the top four were: Anthony Rohr, Dickinson, ND, first place, sophomore men; Yvonne Freese, Lanesboro, first place, sophomore women; Michelle Monroe, Pierre, SD, third place, senior women; Joe Weseloh, Watertown, SD, third place, freshman men; Cody Swanson, Langford, SD, third place, sophomore men; and Megan Case, Scranton, ND, honorable mention, sophomore women. Other NSU singers competing were: Zachary Anderson, South Sioux City, NE, Larissa Buchholz, Tripp, SD, Krystal Christensen-Wiederrich, Stur- gis, SD, Bailey Geist, Roscoe, SD, An- drew Grandpre, Aberdeen, SD, Paul Hoselton, Fargo, ND. Jeanna Jerde, Aberdeen, Jaime Kessler, Jamestown, ND, Robert Klassen, South Sioux City, NE, Abby Klumb, Dimock, SD, A1- isha Luymes, Wessington Springs, SD, Callie Marlette, Hoven, SD, Kevin Nakajima, Vale, SD, Alexa Overweg, Kimball, SD, Ben Villa, Rapid City, SD, Hayley Winkler, Wimbledon, ND, and Rita Zappa, Hastings. The next NATS auditions will be held in Aberdeen on the campus of Northern State University in the spring of 2012. Craig Miska has been serving this area as a Conservation Officer For nearly three years. Craig grew up in Rush City and attended St. Cloud University where he received his Bachelors Degr&. in Criminology. His police spanned over 19 years, with 1,2 years spent with the Duluth Department. He decide that he wanted to be involved with the and took the training to be a Conservation Officer. His first ob was right here in Ortonville. Craig and his wife Jennifer have two sons; Nicholas, 12 and 8. Both attend Ortonville School and like to play sports, ride their bikes, Shoot archery and play video games. Jennifer works witfi Hospice out of Willmar, but works mostly around the Big Stone Lake area. The Miskas are members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They enjotraveling, hunting, fishing, attending Minnesota Twins games and being at their kids actMties. Craig says he likes the area and his job. This salute sponsored by the following... TOP FUNDRAISING STUDENTS FROM EACH ORTONVILLE ELEMENTARY CLASS for the Jump for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association are shown above. They were rewarded with a Subway lunch. Subway donated a three-foot party sub sandwich. 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